ConVal’s budget doesn’t add up
To the editor:
In the Feb. 12 Ledger-Transcript, Dave Anderson reported that Steve Norton, executive director of N.H. Center for Public Policy, reported data that show that schools in the state have dropped enrollment by 7 percent since 2000.
I went further and using NH Department of Education statistics I found that ConVal has lost 24.2 percent of its enrollment from 2005-2012. Nearby Mascenic lost 11.4 percent, Jaffrey/Rindge lost 10.5 percent, Hillsborough lost 16 percent, and the state of NH lost 6.8 percent.
That shook me up. I checked out seven other school districts with similar enrollment to ConVal and found Goffstown, Governor Wentworth, Merrimack Valley, Portsmouth, Windham, Laconic and Milford averaged a loss of 11.2 percent.
It appears ConVal has experienced a far bigger loss than schools cited and far greater than the state average.
This precipitates the question why. How can ConVal have such a huge loss when compared with the schools cited and the state figure? I sure don’t have the answer. Maybe you do.
ConVal enrollment was 2,378 in year 2012 while back in year 2005 it was 3,141.
That’s a loss of 763 students. If we assume 15 students per classroom we should have 50 empty classrooms.
Wow. Is it the water we drink? The pills we consume? The lack of drive up windows? Family size changes? Taxes? The increase in home schoolers? Increase in enrollment in private schools? Birth rates? The increase in elderly? The existence of Mount Monadnock ? Closing of EMS warehouse? You tell me....
Why is it that as enrollment goes down, the Conval budgets go up?
What must we do to reverse both trends?